The foodie field is set

There is no doubt about it, South Philly is a food­ie mecca.

There is no doubt about it, South Philly is a food­ie mecca. Name a food — we are talk­ing bur­gers, cheesesteaks, crab cakes, gravy, wa­ter ice — and you will likely find sev­er­al sat­is­fy­ing op­tions between South Street and the Phil­adelphia Navy Yard. 

Pick­ing a fa­vor­ite place may not be as easy as it sounds. You could eas­ily cre­ate an NCAA Tour­na­ment-like brack­et filled with the top places from around the south side of town. Who would get the No. 1 seed in the cheesesteak brack­et? 

Let’s leave that field-of-64 scen­ario to the NCAA se­lec­tion com­mit­tee. After all, Se­lec­tion Sunday is just days away. Loc­al bas­ket­ball fans will soon find out where and when the de­fend­ing NCAA cham­pi­on Vil­lan­ova Wild­cats will be play­ing next week. But the bas­ket­ball con­ver­sa­tion and de­bate can be saved for when you are filling out the of­fice pool. 

Back to food. Tal­ly­ing votes for food places in each of the cat­egor­ies was far from an easy task. You may no­tice that this week’s bal­lot looks slightly dif­fer­ent from the pre­vi­ous ver­sion. Yes, even news­pa­pers can have an Oscar-like mixup. There are count­less places de­serving of a spot on the bal­lot, but there is only room for five per cat­egory.

Now, it’s up to you, our loy­al read­ers, to weigh in on these tasty top­ics. The fi­nal say is in your hands. 

There may be some foods your avoid, and that’s fine. Skip the cat­egory. Weigh in on as many cat­egor­ies as you would like — this is meant to be something fresh and fun. 

The bal­lot will ap­pear in the next two is­sues (March 16 and 23), too. Vot­ing can also be done via e-mail (bgel­man@bsmphilly,com) or by vis­it­ing south­phil­lyre­­tests. 

Each of the 32 win­ners and their win­ning item will be fea­tured in the spe­cial Food Is­sue, hit­ting door­steps April 20. Vis­it  ht­tp://www.cent­raljer­sey­mar­ket­­food­ie5.php to vote

The sub­mis­sion dead­line is 5 p.m. March 27.  


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